The December 12th, 2011 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including details of how the Pujols negotiations unfolded, Angels finalizing $3 billion TV deal which backed this big spending, Morales tendered a contract and much more...
The Monkey Says: The best part of this to me is that Pujols actually chose the Angels. He didn't just wait around for the Cardinals to up their offer and then reluctantly accept the Halos' offer after St. Louis failed to pony up. He actuallys WANTS to be here.
The Monkey Says: This has been rumored to be happening for years, but it looks like it is now official. Over the course of the 20-year deal, the Halos will average $150 million per year from the contract, which essentially covers the entirety of their payroll, or awfully close to it. That's a $100 million per year raise, so it is pretty safe to say that the Angels aren't exactly putting themselves in financial jeopardy with this Pujols contract. They are going to be able to sustain an almost $200 million payroll for quite some time if they so choose.
The Monkey Says: There was some speculation that he would be let go, but at $2.975 million, Morales is not too expensive too keep and definitely not too expensive to trade to a team looking to take a gamble on his health.
The Monkey Says: Glad he cleared that up, but he has quite a few other trade rumors to address right now. I will say though that he was singing the praises of Bobby Abreu in that interview. The Halos definitely can use him as a lefty bat, but it sounded to me more like he was trying to pump up Abreu to be traded himself. Izturis was mentioned in there as well, but in a manner that suggested he is not being shopped, though he didn't exactly take him off the block either.
The Monkey Says: I'm sure both gestures, while kind, did little to console either fanbase. Plus, my understanding is that Ranger fans aren't exactly broken up over losing Wilson.
The Monkey Says: Actually, I'm pretty sure this is just all the people getting late word that Jeff Mathis got traded away.
The Monkey Says: I don't think he can do it. He just isn't going to have enough prep time. Plus he has frying pans for hands.
The Monkey Says: D'oh! I already puy $5 on the Astros at 250-1. I'm gonna win me a house!
The Monkey Says: This is the biggest topic in Anaheim now. Everyone thinks at least one trade needs to happen. I'm not so sure that is true and will expand upon it later today.
The Story: Did Albert Pujols' age matter?
The Monkey Says: It might've mattered, but not enough to make a difference. I'm still firmly anti-birther here and think he is being honest about his age but I do reserve the right to go crazy if someone proves he is secretly three years older than he says.
The Monkey Says: In other words, expect to see a lot of Albert in Howard's Superstore commercials after he retires.
The Monkey Says: I'm sure the $254 million didn't hurt either.
The Monkey Says: You didn't really think T.J. Simers would miss this golden opportunity to bury the Dodgers did you?
The Monkey Says: You can only imagine my chagrin when I went to DVR the press conference only to realize that I can't watch Fox Sports West in Seattle. D'oh!
The Monkey Says: My favorite, "- Re-hire the people who were around when Pujols played at a community college in Kansas City and dropped to the 13th round of the draft. Fire them again, just to be sure."
The Monkey Says: Let me preview it for you and just say there are floating bags of cash, multiple people getting shot and what appears to be Nolan Ryan horse-whipping C.J. Wilson in the desert.
It would sure be nice if Morales could come back, even just part of the way. A switch hitting DH would certainly be nice with all those right-handers in the lineup!
Maybe Trumbo playing third isn't unthinkable. He wasn't supposed to be able to play first, either. I know he's not great but I'd take "passable", if only to up his trade value.
It's more like the Dodgers threw away the limelight, thanks to their carpet-bagging owner.
You just don't get Fox Sports West. I had Alzheimer's girl get up at 11:20 because she always knows when I want to do something. Oh, well. As I lost interest in the NBA and NFL I found myself wishing the off-season was shorter. This year I just can't wait for spring training. I just have to see this to believe it. Of course, I was anxious when they signed Lyman Bostock, too, and we all know how that turned out.